David Surman

David Surman makes work that peers into the non-human world. By rethinking the importance of art history to our anthropocentric worldview, Surman questions the role of animals in life and art. Through painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and film, Surman takes animal bodies as his subject and considers the projection of human experience onto the natural world. With a wide-ranging set of influences at play, from the brushwork of the zen Buddhist painters and post-war expressionism to the action painters and Gutai, Surman practices a distinct painterly economy, creating works by minimal means that can be understood by everyone. The works build upon complex narratives about our connection, conduct and place in the living world. They alert us to our oversights, to our mistakes and restrictions and encourage a new way forward. They inspire a life that is lived with a heightened sense of enthusiasm, love and responsibility for the non-human world on our radically changing planet. 

 

David Surman (b, 1981, Barnstaple, UK) lives and works in London, UK.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2022

Portraits of a Wild Family, Sens Gallery, Hong Kong

Carousel, Tinimini Room,, Dordrecht, Netherlands

2021

Fairy Painting, Sim Smith, London, UK

2019

SIRENS, Sim Smith, London, UK

Be In Clover, Café Projects, London, UK

2018

Paintings for the Cat Dimension, no format Gallery, London, UK

2017

Dream Park, Festa Sul Prato, London, UK

 

Group Exhibitions

2022

Animals, Race Car Factory, Indianapolis, USA

10th Annual Supersonic Invitational, Hashimoto Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA

The Cowboys Made Me Cry, Swivel Gallery, Saugerties, NY, USA

Puff Puff Painting, Shit Art Club, Los Angeles, USA

2021

UPCLOSE, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden

IF (International Fairley], Resipole Gallery, Archaracle, UK

Burra and Friends, Rye Art Gallery, Rye, UK

2020

New Raw Green, Sim Smith, London, UK

2019

How Small A Thought, Margate Art Festival, UK

Deptford X Fringe, London, UK

2018

GIFC, 0-0LA, Los Angeles, USA

Paper Cuts, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2017

Be Right Back, DARC, London, UK

2016

Painting Open, No Format Gallery, London, UK

Paper Cuts, Transition Gallery, London, UK

Figure It Out, TheDotProject, London, UK

2014

MA Visual Art Final Show, Camberwell, London, UK

Pomegranate, Brixton East 1871, London, UK

2013

Darkness on the Edge of Town, Perth Centre for Contemporary Photography, Perth, WA, Australia

Experimental Game Pack 01, LA Game Space, Los Angeles, USA

2011

Darkness on the Edge of Town, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

 

Curatorial Projects

2022

Prospect and Refuge, Sim Smith, London, UK

2020

New Raw Green, Sim Smith, London, UK

2019

What Kind of Spirit is This?, Sim Smith, London, UK

2015

Bartkira, Tilberg City Library, Tilberg, Netherlands

2012

Game Masters, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

2019

GameCity Squared, Nottingham, UK

 

Education

2004

MA Film Studies, Warwick, UK

2002

BA Animation, Newport Film School, UK